Fmr. Malvern Prep coach admits pressuring teen for sex

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A guidance counselor at a prestigious private school in Chester County is accused of pursing a teen student for sex. (WPVI)

A former swim coach at Malvern Prep pleaded guilty on Monday to pressuring a 16-year-old into a sexual relationship.

Prosecutors say Feeney told the boy she could get him into Harvard in exchange for sex.

Emily Feeney was sentenced to five years' probation and has to register as a sex offender for the next 15 years.

Feeney, who 40 at the time of her arrest, was also the Director of College Counseling at the prestigious private school in Chester County.

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The investigation began last May.

The teen victim told investigators that Feeney had been sending him inappropriate emails and text messages since 2014, when he was 16 years old. At one point, Feeney kissed the boy, investigators say.

The messages included a topless photo and other pictures of herself in various stages of undress, the D.A.'s office said.

She also allegedly sent such messages such as "I adore you - always have, always will."

Another allegedly read "If you ever cared about me, please don't shut me out. It's too painful."

The victim told investigators he repeatedly told Feeney to stop, saying "I'm not interested in you, end of story. I'm 16. I'm not into you."

Despite the teen's rejections, Feeney continued her pursuit, the D.A. said, telling him she could use her connections to get the teen into Harvard.

She even forwarded him a message from Harvard saying the teen was a candidate for the swim team, saying "you owe me big time."

In another message, Feeney allegedly said "If you'd... just stop fighting and let it happen, you'd be a lot less uptight and much happier."

Investigators said hundreds of emails were recovered after a search warrant. They say Feeney was sending messages from her Malvern Prep work email account.
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